Respond to every call that excites your spirit.
It began rather innocently.
I was looking at some balls of Jamieson's Spindrift Shetland yarn, dreaming about colors. I got to thinking about how different tweedy and heathery yarns look when they are knit up than they look in the ball. Several different colors look very much the same in the ball, and it seemed like a good idea, at that moment, to knit a few swatches so I could see their true nature.
I've knit little swatches like these before, but they were really too small to be useful. Why not knit something substantial?, went my thinking. Say, 4.5" x 4.5". Garter edges, stocking stitch centers. Done and done.
But a strange thing happened. I grew enamored of my swatches and kept knitting more and more of them. They feel so nice, a quality that doesn't show in the photos.
To keep track of which one was which I decided to add little labels.
I couldn't leave the house without my knitting bag, ready to knit these addictive squares at the drop of a hat.
I now have a little stack of these swatches--19 and one half, to be exact. I like to pet them, and arrange them in different ways. I like deciding which color to swatch next.
Piled up, they have the same allure as Sarah Swett's tapestry book or Alabama Chanin embroidery sample books. Last April I wrote, in a blog entry ominously entitled Suddenly You Realize You Are Obsessed:
Books. I'm obsessed with books.
Not necessarily the ones lining the shelves in our living room. And dining room. And office. And bedroom. And kitchen. (Note to self: thats a lot of books.)
No, the FORM of books as repositories of dreams, inspiration, personal stories.... repositories of stories in fabric, the more I think about it.
I am inordinately fond of these swatches. They seem to be repositories of stories in fabric. There are 212 colors of Spindrift. This can lead to no good....
Talking about Spindrift colors, I'm happy to announce that there are two new ones (in stock at Feral Knitter)!
400 Mimosa, a beautiful clear yellow